2017 is the “Year of the Woman” in Tompkins County

Tompkins County Historian Carol Kammen, a noted local author and historian, will read Tompkins County’s proclamation making 2017 the Year of the Woman at the rally that’s part of Saturday’s Women’s March in Ithaca.

The Women’s March in Ithaca is in solidarity with Saturday’s march in Washington, D.C. It will start at 10am at City Hall on Green St. across from the library, and end at the Bernie Milton Pavilion on the Commons with a rally that should start about 11:30.

The organizing group shared a post from the ACLU about knowing your rights when you’re demonstrating.

Parking is free in downtown Ithaca on weekends, and marchers are encouraged to stay on sidewalks and be aware of traffic.

As of last week, “speakers include Democratic Candidate Leslie Danks Burke, former Tompkins County Poet Laureate Michelle Courtney Berry, County Historian Carol Kammen, Director of Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes Angela Riddell, and student member of Ithaca College’s Center for LGBTQ Education, Outreach, and Services Alexa Salvato. Musical performance by Answer the Muse.”

Here is the full text of Tompkins County’s proclamation, dated January 3:

WHEREAS, 2017 is the one hundredth anniversary of the passage in New York State of the Suffrage Act, granting women in New York the right to vote in local and state elections, and

WHEREAS, New York was the first eastern State to pass women’s suffrage, an act that led to the passage of the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution recognizing the right for women to vote across the nation, and

WHEREAS, true and full citizenship for women was not accomplished merely by achieving suffrage; for example women were not permitted to serve on juries in New York State until legislation passed in 1937, and

WHEREAS, not until federal Civil Rights legislation was passed in the 1960s were the full range of citizenship rights legally mandated to include women, and people of every and any race, and of any political suasion, as a right of that citizenship, and

WHEREAS, even today, women still must struggle for full and equal participation in the labor force and in political and economic life, and

WHEREAS, women have the right to make decisions about their lives to determine their physical and psychological well-being, yet they often suffer in a climate of sexual innuendo and/or physical harm, and

WHEREAS, the contributions of women to the progress of our nation often go unacknowledged, and

WHEREAS, if we wish to protect the rights of women in our democratic society, it is important to recognize, declare, and uphold those rights, and

WHEREAS, as the dignity of all persons must be protected, women have the right to live without fear for their physical or emotional safety and the right to pursue their own dreams in a society that recognizes their value,

NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael E. Lane, Chair of the Tompkins County Legislature, do hereby proclaim 2017

and urge our residents to recognize and celebrate the crucial role that women of all races and ethnic and political backgrounds have played in our county’s history, as well as their important place throughout our County today.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the great seal of Tompkins County, State of New York, on this 3rd day of January, 2017.

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